By Razeen Gutta
Mohammed Kudus starred as Ghana came out on top over Korea Republic in a five-goal thriller at the Education City Stadium in the World Cup.
In what was perhaps the less hotly anticipated of the two second round games in Group H on Monday, the Black Stars of Ghana did Africa proud to register their first points of the tournament before heavyweights Portugal and Uruguay collide in the late kick off.
Son Heung Min’s Korea Republic started well by dominating possession, but two moments of magic from Crystal Palace’s Jordan Ayew resulted in the Africans going into the break with the advantage.
First, Ayew put the Koreans in danger from a dead ball situation — with Mohammed Salisu picking up the loose ball to give the Black Stars the lead.
Ten minutes later, it was a far post cross from Ayew which found the head of Kudus to make it 2-0 at half time.
Despite Son being kept quiet, Korea Republic did mount a second half comeback, with striker Cho Kyu Sung scoring twice in three minutes to make it 2-2 going into the final half hour. At just 24 years of age, he certainly looks like a forward to keep an eye on.
The stalemate did not last long, though, with Kudus completing his brace to give Ghana the lead once more.
With just three attempts on target, the African giants scored three goals.
And despite a whopping 22 shots, Korea Republic could not find an answer to that third Ghana goal, with the game finishing 3-2 to the Black Stars.
Ghana will face Uruguay in their final game, knowing full well that a win will see them progress to the knockout stages regardless of results elsewhere in the group.
Pictured above: Mohammed Kudus scored a brace to give Ghana a win over Korea Republic
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